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Flashbacks with Geoff Murphy - A Retrospective Trip

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This screening programme came about from thinking of all those who have, in one way or another, made a significant contribution to New Zealand’s filmography.

Recently, Ngā Taonga have supported retrospective exhibitions for a number of filmmakers most particularly From The Shore which looked at the influence of Merata Mita and Barry Barclay on New Zealand artists.

“Now that New Zealand’s film icon, Geoff Murphy, has hung up his director/producer hat it feels right to celebrate his creativity in telling story on film. In the film industry, too often we don’t give people the recognition they deserve at the time,” says programme curator Lawrence Wharerau. “Now that Geoff has entered his 80s it's past time to thank him for his contribution to NZ film.

“The programme name has also been fully endorsed by Geoff himself.”

Geoff’s creative juices were stimulated and realised during his time at Snoring Waters , the commune based in Waimarama where many talented filmmakers and entertainers grew under the auspices of BLERTA – The Bruno Lawrence Electric Revelation Touring Apparition along with Fane Flaws, Beaver, Ian Watkins et al.

The screening season runs from Saturday November 3rd till Friday November 30th. For more information, or to book a ticket, click on the Geoff Murphy films shown below.

The Quiet Earth

A scientist (Bruno Lawrence) wakes one morning to discover he is alone in the world. The global top-secret energy project, which he has been working on for a year, has changed the world.

Wild Man

Two itinerant conmen, the Wild Man (Bruno Lawrence) and the Colonel, operate on the West Coast gold mining towns of the 19th century.

Making Utu

The cast and crew of the New Zealand feature film Utu take us behind the scenes during and after production.

Goodbye Pork Pie

One of our most popular, enduring and iconic films, "Goodbye Pork Pie" was the first box office hit of the new wave of films made in the late 1970s and early 1980s and became the first New Zealand film to gross over $1 million at the local box office.

Young Guns II

Geoff Murphy’s first American feature, Young Guns II follows the life of Billy the Kid (Estevez), in the years following the Lincoln County war in which Billy was part of “The Regulators” – a group of highly skilled gunmen avenging the death of John Tunstall – and the years leading up to Billy’s documented death.

Never Say Die

Geoff Murphy re-applies his Goodbye Pork Pie formula for this good-natured action yarn which posits Temuera Morrison as an unwitting fugitive from unidentified pursuers.


In his first NZ feature after years making films in Hollywood, Geoff Murphy takes an intriguing series of events from 1992 New Zealand as his starting point and adds a daring imaginative jump.

Utu Redux

A restored and re-edited version of Geoff Murphy’s classic film "Utu." It was the first New Zealand film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival, and after digital restoration by Park Road Post supervised by Murphy and Graeme Cowley in 2013 it looks better than ever.

Percy the Policeman and Tank Busters

A collection of comedic productions from the mid-seventies by Geoff Murphy and the Acme Sausage Co.

BLERTA - The Return Trip

"In 1970 a maverick group toured New Zealand making music and films getting by on raw talent - this is their story." (SKY Watch - Rialto Channel).

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